Georges-Kevin N'Koudou is waiting of Marseille completing the loan of young Cameroon international Clinton Njie. As part of the deal, there is a guaranteed purchase option after Njie has played a set number of games. It is the same type deal that we set up for the sale of Lewis Holtby which was triggered after 4 games, although the purchase didn't take place until the end of the season.
The 22-year-old (23 in August) has failed to impress Mauricio Pochettino in training sufficiently in training and was informed he would get very few chances at Tottenham, thus it would be best for his career if he left and sought regular football elsewhere.
Franco Baldini recommended him to the Marseille president Vincent Labrune and he requested him while we were negotiating the purchase of Geprges-Kevin N'Koudou. While these are separate deals, Njie is a direct replacement for N'Koudou and thus Marseille are not releasing N'Koudou until the Njie deal is finalised.
He has been awaiting a French visa which has now been granted L'Equipe tell us. Both players have already passed medicals at their new clubs and while some have been speculating that N'Koudou has been training with Tottenham, that wouldn't be possible for insurance purposes. What would happen if he got injured before he had actually signed? We would be held responsible and subject to legal action from the French club.
He has had to wait patiently while Njie completes his move so we should hear in the next couple of days now that N'Koudou is officially a Spurs player, although there is a weekend to take into account.